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    • in reply to: Ex-NSA hacker took control of MacOS via Office document #2286706
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      Reminds me of Kevin Mitnick.

      Back to the topic:

      Wardle’s hack was possible thanks to a series of happenstances and bugs he found and linked together.

      Specifically, we detailed the creation of a powerful exploit chain that began with CVE-2019-1457, leveraged a new sandbox escape and ended with a full bypass of Apple’s stringent notarization requirements

      It should be enough to break just one segment of the chain.
      Source HERE

      His presentation slides from Black Hat conference, im not being racist, thats its name to be clear.
      Link

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      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      You can do this by “printing” into PDF. In fact you can convert everything to PDF like this. Maybe text will be saved as picture, but still does the job for me. Bullzip PDF can also merge multiple files into one PDF. Printing into PDF is very useful tool for me. Not using the MSFT default, cause its somehow malfunctioning.

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      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      Now this raises for me the question: what can I use to protect myself from the possibility of malware-infected PDF and PowerPoint files when I download, always in these formats

      This is NOT job for MS office, even fully patched O365 I think. Viruses and malware should be detected by special software. Not by outlook or word.

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      in reply to: Microsoft and TikTok – a match made in Clippy heaven #2286688
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      consumer Windows is moribund

      You just made my day. I thought its czech endemic.

      I had no idea MS was involved with them until just now, but it is a bit strange to me.

      Im not sure, but I think first Tik-Tok announced he is looking for bussiness partner and Microsoft saw this as opportunity.
      Could it be that Microsoft was caught like a fish on fishing rod?

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      in reply to: Microsoft is shifting to an annual release schedule? #2286682
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      What I still do not understand the desire microsoft has – to maintain 29 operating systems and 173 builds of sthese sytems. I though they are one of the most intelligent people on the planet, but now I have real doubts about it.
      But still.. Windows 10X can be good and reliable. Lets wait and have look!

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      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      I feel it the same. And you know what? MSFT will blame users like us, that Windows are broken, cause we didnt test in public 🙂

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      in reply to: Office Personal new subscription questions #2286492
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      Yes, one user multiple devices. You mean Microsoft 365 Personal (formerly known as Office 365 Personal)? Confusing, but Im lost in these new names too.

      @ArtistAnn
      It should be best to ask some local M365 dealer, but..

      Subscriptions are now tied to a person’s cell phone number and completing the subscription sign-up requires entering a texted code

      I think could be related to Microsoft account. You will be forced to create Microsoft Account, if you dont have already one.
      But verification can be done through email too.
      Telephone number is optional.

      Also, in Czech Republic, if SMS is sent to “old-fashioned” phone, robot will read it for you. Dunno if it is possible in your country.

      The personal plan allows one person to install Office on one/three/five/unlimited devices.

      Five devices. All can be “same type” (PC, MAC, Mobile phone, …)

      General info

      How to sign

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      in reply to: Microsoft is shifting to an annual release schedule? #2286465
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      Seems legit to me. I think I will appreciate less confusion and less version alive at the same time. I mean Win 10 builds.

      But I am affraid, what Windows 10X will really be.

      App developers won’t have to make any changes—Win32 apps will “just work” with Windows 10X.

      I think this means MSFT copied its Windows 10 core again and made lot of changes to it and built nice new fence around it..

      Windows 10X will run traditional Win32 desktop apps, but it will run them in a container.

      This seems a interesting for security.

      Announcement at May on howtogeek:

      Microsoft says a reboot to install a big operating system update should take less than 90 seconds.

      Also

      Windows 10X will run traditional Win32 desktop apps, but it will run them in a container. Windows 10X will also run Univeral Windows Apps (UWP) and Progressive Web Apps (PWA), and it will also run those in containers.

      Better times for UWP comming? I thought it didnt perform very well so far.
      Since Windows 10X is designed for two screen device MSFT Surface Neo, I cant stop thinking about bloated batteries, zero repairability index and purposely blocked updates for “native” MSFT devices.

      But still I believe I will be nicely surprised. I am really looking forward to it. Who knows. Maybe 10X is better successor.

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      in reply to: The TRS-80 turns 43 years old #2286438
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      In fact, jumping back and forth between your compiled program and your BASIC program is one of its best features!

      Sounds good. Id like to have such function everyhwhere.

      Recently, I have lot of fun while programming printers from Zebra – ZBI developer brings me lots of years back. You have like 40 commands, but you can do _ANYTHING_ with few loops and variables.
      And you print in ZPL, which is very simplistic too. For me, there is no greater fun than this last year.
      Also I loved pascal. Oh my… And then Delphi and object oriented programming came. And now .NET framework. So simple app has like 300 MB 🙂 nevermind, moving on.

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      in reply to: Microsoft and TikTok – a match made in Clippy heaven #2286433
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      beautiful source code

      Unless you are willing to create webpage. Skype + NetBeansIDE = disaster. They are blocking port 80 for each other.

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      in reply to: The TRS-80 turns 43 years old #2286203
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      I have functional Sinclair ZX spectrum. My father left me messages on it when I came home. I dont have suitable TV for it now, but I think it still works.

      I have also SegaMastersystem II 🙂

      And one non-funtional Commodore – astounding 21 MB HDD, operating system M602 and 5+1/4 inch floppy.

      I have old Pentium computer too at home (the tower is like 70 cm tall) and it still runs original Win 98. I played Worms Armageddon on it recently. There is TURBO button which releases the beastly wild power of 133 MHz 🙂

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      in reply to: The TRS-80 turns 43 years old #2286200
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      Agreed. And young people are surprised too, when they find out, that there are places in the world, where is no Internet. Young people should have more information about how our parents and grandparents lived, so they will appreciate more in which era they live and complain less. They do not worry about life itself, they take it for granted and that is simply not the reality.

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      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      I really appreciate Windows defender, since one does not need to buy separate product for this.
      And I can remember AV programs that sell data (Avast) and programs that are more adware than antivirus (AVG and other as well).

      I understand this desire, because if HOSTS file blocks telemetry/update its simple to identify the issue (missing/edited record in HOSTS).

      But what if I modify HOSTS in the way I need? Adding file server address for example. Is this going to be evaluated as security risk?

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      in reply to: Microsoft and TikTok – a match made in Clippy heaven #2286179
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      I dont know what they want to do with Tik-Tok. Will they let them continue in what they begun or will they dictate them what to do?

      Data is the most valuable resource right now. And Microsoft is good gravedigger. He burried lot of good ideas, that seemed to have bright future after brave public announcements – integrating cortana everywhere, then pull back. UWP was not success too, even if it lives until these days. Windows mobile is another example..
      But google is not different. Look at Google cemetery, there are lot of thigs I liked – google+ for example.

      I wish they focused on good stable OS. MSFT really does not listen to customers, he lives in a some kind of bubble, or there are just too many people at MSFT who think that eveybody around is worng and they understand better. Why not if legally they sell half-baked product. Service. Sorry.

      From the pHrozen-Ghost link:

      This new structure would build on the experience TikTok users currently love, while adding world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections.

      Which basically means ruining the Tik-Tok. Maybe its interntinal to let MSFT ruin something that actually works. Since its more political problem as stated in the same article by MSFT:

      Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.

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      in reply to: Tech insights from relocating home and office #2286153
      doriel
      AskWoody Lounger

      At my friends house, he was complaining, that he has bad signal when he wants to watch his television during the evening meal. It turned out, that he had his router close to microwave and when he heated up his meal in microwave his devices lost the signal.

      Its maybe little bit about people being too much comfortable these days. How many people on the planet have clean water, enough food, accessible healthcare and intenet whenever he wants?

      Critical systems should be always connected with cable and some “blind spaces” across the house are not the problem. By my experience its more about kids complaining maybe 🙂

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